She Never Dared to Kiss Another Guy!

I asked a cigarette and let him light it for me. And then I expressed my feeling, “It was the awful night for us, and I’m sincerely sorry for you; nevertheless, I was lucky, since I did not see my loved one’s unfaithful act with my own eyes; on the other hand, you saw Maria kissing. And to cap it all, you were dating with her that night. I’m sorry, but it was so preposterous. By the way, I thoroughly understand why Clarissa kissed another guy; it was kind of my fault, you know….”

“What are you insinuating, Shogo? Stop idolizing Clarissa, since she cheated on you. Did you listen to what I just told you? You were cheated, my friend!”

“No, no, Gerardo, you don’t understand anything,” I was shaking my head. “It was completely my fault, for I left her in the vulnerable position at the first place. She asked me to stay in Vancouver, but I went to Montreal. Hence, she felt so forlorn. Her loneliness caused her to act in the impromptu fashion, so to speak – it was natural behavior. Any psychologists can prove it, and I have a big heart enough to understand it. I take every responsibility on my shoulders for her action like a man.”

“Oh my God! Are you nuts? Shogo, please wake up and stop raving, I beg you,” he was wringing his right hand deprecatingly and went on, “no, my friend, you’re delusional. I don’t want you to feel bad, but I have to tell you the fact. She wasn’t pure, as you think. And it was not after Montreal, my friend, it was before Montreal.”

“Son of bitch, stop lying to me!” I cried out. “I know it was after Montreal; otherwise, she never dared to kiss another guy!”

“No, you’re fatally wrong, my friend. You’re still in fool’s paradise. I’m right – it was before Montreal. I remember it vividly and will never forget it, since that night was indeed our first date after Maria officially became my girlfriend. Sorry, my friend.”

Two Minutes-Betrayal

He revealed the great tragedy, displaying a rueful smile on his lips, “Shogo, it was so simple. We went to Roxy and saw Clarissa and other Brazilians were there. We talked with them and sat down around the same table. And there were several Canadian guys as well. We were talking and drinking. And suddenly, I saw Clarissa kissing a Canadian guy, I am sorry, man. And then I suddenly felt I wanted to take a leak, so I went to a bathroom. Can you beat it? I went to a bathroom for just two minutes and came back to the table. Lo and behold, Maria was kissing a Canadian guy! I could not believe in my own eyes!”

His tearjerker finished me helplessly, and I burst out laughing uproariously about a minute. And then I driveled, “What an idiot! Just two minutes? She kissed another guy? What a shame, man, ha-ha-ha….”

“Well, I don’t know, man. Maybe, it was not two minutes; it might’ve been five minutes. It doesn’t matter anymore because it had already happened. Oh, son of bitch, stop laughing, it still hurts my feeling,” he grimaced embarrassingly.

“I’m sorry, Gerardo. But really? Just two minutes?  Did she cheat on you right under your nose? Sorry, I should zip my mouth, but I’ve never heard such like two minutes-betrayal, ha-ha-ha….”

“Of course, man, no one heard such an unholy deed! But what can I say about it? Even myself, I still refuse to believe it, but it had actually happened.”

“What did you do when you saw she was kissing the Canadian prick? Did you challenge a duel to him?” I asked teasingly.

“No, my friend. I didn’t say anything – I was so shocked and just left. Even worse, I didn’t remember how I get back to my homestay. I must’ve been walking on streets like a somnambulist. I was struck as if by a bolt of lightning. I swayed, fell, and fainted. I wept throughout the night,” he replied, in faltering voice.

Shame on You!

“Moron!” I barked. “What? Were you comforted by my tragedy? You found a consolation from my misery! Shame on you! I easily understood what you felt that night though.”

I looked at the wall pensively and continued investigating the particular night: “Who cares now, my friend? It was ten years ago, you know…. But I don’t understand how it happened? How did Maria and you happen to be at the same place? I did not understand anything, man. Please explain me clearly?”

“Because we were dating that night.”

“What? Maria and you were dating? And she cheated on you? I don’t comprehend anything. Explain me how it exactly happened?” I was totally perplexed.

“As I told you, Maria and I were dating that night. We were very happy as if heaven opened before our eyes and enjoyed ambling on Robson Street, hand in hand, you know…. We went to a movie and ate a sumptuous dinner. And then we decide to go to Roxy in order to consummate our love.”

“But how come? Maria and you were dating and went to Roxy together. And how did you find that Maria and Clarissa cheated on us?”

My First Love Cheated on Me

“I know Maria had contaminated your pure heart, because you told me numerous times, but I’m curious when the first time you witnessed her unfaithful act? I knew she was apostate at regular intervals, but tell me what exactly happened at the first place?”

He drunk a bottle of water and looked outside poignantly for a while. And then he opened his wound:

                       Once upon a time, a Mexican

                                                       Lad gave his heart to a

                                                       Brazilian damsel ultimately

                                                       Filled with love that’s pure

                                                       And true to my first love….

“It was a Wednesday night. Maria and I went to Roxy. I remember the episode vividly, since it was not only me, but you were cheated that night as well. Can you beat it? We both were cheated at the same night and the same place? What a stupid coincidence, ha-ha-ha….”

“I know, man, my first love cheated on me because you told me. But I’ve never asked you the detail, so what happened exactly?”

“Well, my friend, don’t cry, ha-ha-ha….  As I told you, we were at Roxy. To begin with, I saw Clarissa kissing a Canadian guy. I thought why she kissed him, since she was your girlfriend. I thought she was very pure. I did not understand how she could cheat on you. I was very shocked to see her unfaithful act and angry with her for your sake. I felt so bad and was sorry for you. And the time had elapsed. Lo and behold, I saw Maria kissing another Canadian guy. I could not believe in my own eyes, but it actually happened right before my own eyes. Anyway, I have to tell you the truth. I was glad that I was not only one to be cheated that night, but you were cheated to boot. Please don’t be mad at me. I was indeed relieved in the fact that we both were cheated on the same night, but not only me. I’m sorry, man, I have to tell you the truth, ha-ha-ha….”


Finding the Right Person Is My Eternal Quest

Here I let myself laugh like a nutcase. The tears were rolling down my face. He took my laughter as an insult and got angry, shouting, “Son of bitch! Is this funny to you? Really, my friend? Is this funny to you, eh? I’m divulging my deepest secret with you, and you’re laughing at it! What sort of a friend are you? I was expecting sympathy from you!”

“I’m sorry, Gerardo. But again, my friend? Again starting yesterday’s song and dance? Christ, cheating is your eternal theme!” I said, wiping my tears.

“Of course, man! This is very important to me, as your book is important to you. Finding the right person is my eternal quest. For heaven’s sake, what will happen if I meet the right person, but my steel heart doesn’t recognize her? I’m talking about my Lois Lane, you know….”